Since early this summer, AYO’s Mentor Team has been hard at work creating a fantastic new opportunity for our mentors! AYO works with students from all walks of life, and many come to us with unique experiences and mental health challenges. Our mentors care deeply about their mentee’s well-being and constantly seek support from AYO’s mentor specialists.
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This was an absolutely amazing opportunity for our youth to understand what sustainability looks like and how they can contribute to their communities. We learned about how those before our time had to live in the 1800’s and the privilege that we have today surrounding more opportunities and just appreciating those before us.
AYO students had a great time at Star-K Ranch and the Quincy Reservoir! Our WILD leaders taught the youth all about the ecosystem of different areas of the Morrison Nature Center and how animals and plants worked with each other to maintain a healthy natural enviroment. Students also got the opportunity to go fishing at the Quincy reservoir. It was a 98* degree day at high noon, so "experts" said it was highly unlikely we would catch anything. BUT NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE! Despite the odds, one of the youth caught an 18-inch sea bass, which was a proud moment for her and the whole group!
The youth had an incredible time and are now First-Aid Responders and certified in both CPR and First Aid. They learned how to do chest compressions and breathing to wound packing and responding in emergency situations. Chris Zaleski who was the instructor of this training was well versed and knowledgeable about how to respond to the youth. Thank you Chris!
Summer has begun! AYO had an adventurous (and hot!) day exploring Red Rocks Amphitheater and Dinosaur Ridge!
AYO was lucky enough to have THREE bright and eager-to-learn high school interns this year! The second semester brought us Melody Conde and Jordan Williams, both juniors who have interests in pursuing health-related professions. These young ladies brought a lot of new ideas and unique perspectives that have helped us improve some of our programming. They were both passionate about supporting their respective communities and assisted AYO's efforts by sharing their youth voice.
One more round of applause for our lovely volunteers!
A big thank you to The City of Aurora for allowing AYO students to job shadow three departments over three days during spring break. The first day, students visited the Fleet Maintenance Shop at Central Facilities. Our students were able to learn about the job opportunities available as an automotive technician and how a maintenance shop functions. AYO students continued their job shadowing experience by touring the Human Resources department. Students learned the importance of the hiring process, staff training and satisfaction, as well as the importance of professionalism.
Mentor Colorado supports the National Quality Mentoring System (NQMS). NQMS reviews all aspect of a program to assure ethical standards of practice that safeguard youth and volunteers. This approach is designed to encourage broad, inclusive, and efficient QMS adoption by state mentoring partnerships across the country. In partnership both believe that this system for understanding, supporting and growing quality programs is the crux of mentoring in Colorado.
AYO had a wonderful time getting into the holiday spirit with our youth, families, and mentors at the Denver Botanic Gardens Blossom of Lights event! Thank you to all those you joined us! AYO wishes everyone a happy holiday!